Vince Guaraldi

Good Grief, That's a lot of Vince Guaraldi!

The year 1965 was turbulent, pivotal, and consequential. LBJ sent soldiers to the Dominican Republic, stepped into Vietnam with both feet, and signed laws expanding voting rights and creating Medicare and Medicaid. Antiwar protests gathered steam, Bob Dylan went electric, the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game, and pioneering DJ Alan Freed died (footnote 1).
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Vince Guaraldi – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Craft Recordings

Craft Recordings releases a re-mastered double vinyl of a Christmas classic. Vince Guaraldi – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Fantasy Records (1965)/Craft Recordings CR00444 (2022) deluxe edition 180-gram stereo double vinyl ****1/2:. (Vince Guaraldi – piano, organ; Fred Marshall – double bass; Monty Budwig – double...
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Charles Lloyd, Vince Guaraldi, Ronnie Foster & More: The Week in Jazz

The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top. Noteworthy. Excelsior Band and The Legendary Ingrametes Receive NEA Fellowships: Alabama’s Excelsior Band and...
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You can thank Vince Guaraldi for Charlie Brown’s holiday magic

Simple illustrations of cartoons with a timeless soundtrack will grace our screens once again this year: The 25-minute special of A Charlie Brown Christmas will take over the nation through cable. The Christmas classic has aired around the holidays since 1965 — it’s renowned for its cozy storyline, nostalgic vibe...

Vince Guaraldi :: Little Birdie (Hour-Long Loop)

If it’s not abundantly clear, we’re big Autumn Heads here at AD. From our Equinox Spotify playlist to the Way Out Weather medley to the recent Autumn Hymnal outing to the Farewell Green Leaves mixtape and beyond, we’re all about music that sounds best when the nights get cool and the days get short. Though most associated with Christmastime, Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi crafted music for all seasons. Case in point: “Little Birdie,” one of his rare vocal takes, originally featured in 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I first heard it here on AD back in 2010 and it’s remained a steady favorite ever since. Joined by bassist Seward McCain, drummer Mike Clark, trumpeter Tom Harnell, and trombonist Chuck Bennett, Guaraldi stepped into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and cut this on July 18, 1974, and some 46 years later, YouTube user Cade Stricklin looped it for an hour and uploaded for us all to dig. Don’t expect an “Albatross” (Blend) or “Journeys In Satchidananda” styled layering of multiple versions and alternate takes. Don’t expect any sonic trickery at all. Just expect “Little Birdie,” that perfect groover, on repeat for a solid hour. What more could you need to get upside down? | j woodbury.

Vince Guaraldi Trio

Much less a Christmas record than it is a crucial staple of West Coast jazz culture, Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack possessed a dual cultural significance. Not only did it help to further popularize Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts comic strip and its corresponding CBS holiday special, but it also played an integral part in reintroducing jazz music to the 1960s mainstream. More.

Vince Guaraldi Trio

In his time, San Francisco-born pianist Vince Guaraldi, along with an elite circle of esteemed contemporaries, helped to further, and then ensure, the legacy of post-war Bay Area jazz. More.
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Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Boy Named Charlie Brown – Craft Recordings

Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Boy Named Charlie Brown – Fantasy Records (1964/1972)/Craft Recordings (2021) CR03522 exclusive baseball card edition: 180-gram green grass stereo vinyl, 33:09 *****:. Craft Recordings releases a collector’s special edition of Vince Guaraldi’s first Peanuts television score. (Vince Guaraldi – piano; Monty Budwig – bass; Colin...